On social media, a glimpse at the upcoming reboot of Stephen King’s Firestarter was shared by Blumhouse and it’s exactly what you might expect from a Firestarter teaser… eight seconds of someone walking around, engulfed in flames.
One of the many impressive things about the clip is that it isn’t CGI, these are practical effects as emphasized by a person seen in the background holding a fire extinguisher ready to step in should something go awry.
Blumhouse Shares First Look at Firestarter Reboot
Stephen King’s Firestarter is getting a reboot starring Zac Efron as Andy McGee, the father of “Charlie” McGee, a young girl with the unique ability to set people on fire with her mind.
The book was first published in 1980 and later adapted into a movie in 1984 starring David Keith as Andy and Drew Barrymore as Charlie. It’s unclear when exactly the reboot will hit theaters, but one thing that is known is that production on the film has begun as announced on social media by Blumhouse.
Accompanying the announcement is a clip showing a person talking a few steps forward towards the camera while they’re actively on fire. This subject matter isn’t surprising, though it is cool to see this done with practical effects as opposed to CGI.
The use of practical effects feels reminiscent of the 1984 film and scenes like this one (shown below).
It’ll be interesting to see whether practical effects are favored in the reboot, or if CGI will be used for some of the more… uh, climactic parts at the end. No spoilers if you haven’t seen the 1984 film or read the original novel by Stephen King, though we do recommend checking out both if you have the time!
Speaking of Stephen King, he’s actually listed as one of the writers on the film alongside Scott Teems on the film’s IMDB page. The actor who’ll play John Rainbird is also listed on the IMDB page, noting the role has been given to Michael Greyeyes.
Directing the film is Keith Thomas who previously directed the 2019 film, The Vigil.
All in all, we’re curious to learn more about the Firestarter reboot including who will be cast in one of the film’s most important roles, Charlie McGee. While we wait to hear more about the Firestarter reboot, we’re curious to hear your thoughts.